R.I.P. White Diamond, Linden

A Hamburger Today has reported White Diamond, perhaps one of the best greasy burger joints I’ve ever been to has closed it’s doors. I just wrote about this place less than two months ago when Serious Eats reviewed it…..

It’s a sad day in burger heaven….

 

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DiCosmo’s Italian Ices, Elizabeth, NJ

My childhood haunt….I grew up down the street from this place. Nothing beat taking a walk down here on a hot, Summer day and getting some ice scooped out of that barrel. I cringe when I hear people talk about Rita’s being so good. You have not had real Italian Ice until you’ve had DiCosmo’s….And while you’re there, you may as well stop for some raviolis first up the street at Spirito’s.

Check it out on Serious Eats: New York….

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Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

This post is a long time coming. I first heard about Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park earlier this year. I’ve now been there several times and it has quickly become my new favorite place to dine. My first time was for an Oscars Night Dinner a few months ago. I wanted to check that out, especially since they were giving away swag bags to diners. So I headed there with my sister and one of her friends. I loved the decor as soon as I stepped in, kitschy (spelling?), warm and inviting. Great decor, comfy booths with a great ocean view.

We started with the fried olives appetizer. These were little balls of fried heaven. They were green olives with cheese fried and served with a delicious lemon basil mayo. The warm bread was also great. It had a different, almost sweet taste to it, can’t put my finger on it. That was accompanied by some olive oil with roasted garlic and red peppers.

My sister and her friend both had the Skirt Steak, “marinated and roasted –sliced and topped with spring onions . Served with rice and beans – Grilled asparagus and a side of spiced fruit salsa” It was actually served with a Spanish potato cake. I’m not sure know if it noted that change on the menu. I tried the steak and it was cooked and seasoned perfectly. And that potato cake? Luscious.

I had the Langosta Caldo Verde (the paella on the website menu): “In a not so traditional cilantro broth with mussels, shrimp and seafood mixed with chorizo and vegetables over Ruby’s special Mexican rice and spice roasted garlic aioli toast points.” It was more seafood than rice and it was great. Not too spicy, 3 large mussels, lots of shrimp, a few scallops, and other white fish.

For dessert, the two girls had the the pu pu platter, which was essentially smores. It had some fabulous dark chocolate, one with cranberries and one with pistachios, marshmallows, graham crackers, peanut butter cups, and strawberries.

Now for the slight negatives…Service was a bit shoddy. The waitress was overall friendly and nice but not on the ball. When first sat down I ordered a club soda with lime, it came out with lemon. She was no where in sight so I asked the busboy for lime. He brings me back a plate of lemons. OOOOkay….So I gave up on the limes. She also forgot to bring my sister’s friend’s tea. She wasn’t really around to get her attention much either for these two issues. Empty glasses were left on the table after new ones were brought as well.

And the kicker…During dessert I asked if we were getting our “swag bags” as noted in the email I received. She didn’t seem to know what the deal was and said the wait staff didn’t really know what was going on. Oh boy….Then we got ONE bag ONLY because I paid $10 to participate in the Asbury Park Film Initiative’s Oscar Raffle (swag bag was pretty cool though – mostly candy, but a candle, glass work, pottery, and the actual bag were neat). So I”m thinking I missed something in email. When I got home it says “Attendees receive swag bags….” So a bit misleading and unorganized.

But I loved the food so much I went back again (and again and again). After that first timer, service was always fabulous.  I’ve been back for lunch, breakfast, tapas and drinks. Each time was fabulous. I freakin love this place. The menu is different, creative, exciting. I absolutely love love love the decor. The vibe is chill and I feel right at home here. I noticed that as the Summer moves along, it’s getting more and more busy. I overheard a group say on Friday afternoon (while I was enjoying some tacos at Pop’s Garage next door, owned by Langosta) that they were completely booked for Friday night. Good for them. I want to see this place around for a long long time. Furthermore, they have some sort of special event going on every night!

Sundays – Jazzy Brunch and Lobster Bakes, Monday – Bistro Prixe Fix, Tapa Tuesdays, Mexican Wednesdays, Tiki Surf Nite Thursdays, Funky Fridays with DJ’s and Serenity Saturdays. They often have live music as well.

Langosta Lounge Website

On the Boardwalk across from The Stone Pony in Asbury Park

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Aaarrggghhh! Pirate’s Den, Brigantine, NJ

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Last weekend my friend Agnes and I headed down to my favorite sinful place in NJ – Atlantic City, of course. These two broads hit up the casinos one night to celebrate my 21st birthday! Okay, who am I kidding, 34th. It’s all good. After having a disappointing dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s in the Borgata Friday night, Saturday morning we were desperate for a good breakfast. Now, for the most part, breakfast is limited to buffets and the such in AC and they typically, in my experience are not that good. I called my mom who suggested I head over the bridge into Brigantine to Pirate’s Den for breakfast.

Since she couldn’t tell us exactly where it was, and the fact it was pouring with low visibility, it took us a little while to find this charming little place. It’s so small and inconspicouous you can miss it. Despite the heavy rain and lack of beachgoers, there was still a wait to get a table. It’s not too small with a good amount of tables, but I can imagine on a sunny summer day, the wait would be more than our ten minutes.

They have your standard breakfast items but also offered up some unique ones as well, such as Bananas Foster French Toast, Eggs Benedict with Crabcakes, and a few smoked salmon choices. Agnes went with the traditional Eggs Benedict and I went with the Smoked Salmon, Tomato, and Red Onion Omelet. I ordered my home fries with onions as well. Portion sizes were huge! We both ended up taking half of our food home. Very good, down home food. Really good. My only complaint was there was tooo much onions in my home fries – the whole top layer was onions. Now I know. Service was quick, friendly, and attentive. Very kitchsy, beachy decor. Reasonable prices as well.

I would most definitely hit this place up again next time I’m in the area. Not sure if they are open in the off-season though. Definitely worth a trip away from the casinos for a great breakfast.

Pirate’s Den
1219 E Brigantine Ave
Brigantine, NJ 08203-3201
(609) 266-1927

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Serious Eats: New York

Check out my guest blog post on Serious Eats: New York edition! Love love love this site and all of it’s sister sites! Hopefully, I’ll be contributing more there in the future….

I wrote up a quick review on my favorite bakery, The Flakey Tart in Atlantic Highlands….

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Product Review: Pineapple Jerky

So being that Father’s Day is a couple of weeks away, I thought I’d share with you a great idea for a gift for dads. Not saying all men like jerky, but the majority I know do. I, personally, am not a fan. But then again, I never had pineapple jerky…

I received this product from the folks over at Jerky.comand approached with hesitation for a couple of reasons. First, as previously mentioned, Foodiedani is NOT a fan of jerky. In fact, the smell of some of the jerky my husband eats makes me nauseous. And secondly, it is made with honey, which I have a slight allergic reaction to when I eat. But alas, I’ll try anything once and it smelled damn good. Tropical. Sweet. I took a wee bite to not offset my weird allergy and I was pleasantly surprised. It was just dried fruit. It was good. Me likey. I left the rest of the stuff to the husband, since he is the jerky fan and he said he could eat this stuff every day.

Take a look over at the site. They offer interesting versions of meat jerky as well and gift baskets.  A neat gift for father’s day.

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Greasy goodness…

The folks over at A Hamburger Today just posted a story about White Diamond in Linden, NJ.  It was on the front page of Serious Eats, one of my fav foodie sites. I grew up in Linden and spent many late nights chowing down on those little buns of heaven. Check out the story. If you live nearby and haven’t gone there, I suggest a road trip. I know I’ll be taking one. How could I forget all about this place?!

pic courtesy of Serious Eats and A Hamburger Today

pic courtesy of Serious Eats and A Hamburger Today

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